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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Family Services, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Our mission is to empower people to build a brighter future by linking flexible, innovative and collaborative programs that restore personal capability, develop skills and build pathways to economic self sufficiency.

Programs: Behavioral health services. Lifebridge community services provides support services for hiv/aids patients, counseling and education for the behavioral health services, including domestic violence and parent education programs. During fiscal year 2016-2017, lifebridge serviced thousands of people and their families. Outpatient behavioral health services were expandedd to a second site in fairfield as of april 1, 2016. Behavioral health provided 30,115 outpatient sessions to lifebridge clients during the time period of july 1, 2016 - june 30, 2017.

economic empowerment initiative. Lifebridge works with other agencies to improve financial knowledge and skill, secure and maintain housing, improve employment and entrepreneurial skills, prepare individuals for better jobs, and meet some basic needs. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, lifebridge community services serviced thousands in conjunction with connecticut council of family service agencies, and the connecticut departments of labor and social services. During 2016-2017 fiscal year, lifebridge had 255 referrals to empowering people for success. The program focused on helping low-income parents become more stable, reducing the likelihood of harm occurring with their children. Vita served 820 families, preparing 884 tax returns, generating $512,508 in earned income tax credits and securing tax refunds totaling $1,815,469. In addition, 27 students graduated from workshop in business opportunities. Thirty seven nursing home residents were successfully transitioned to live more independently in accessible housing. Work skills programs served 64 clients providing customer service training, job readiness and skill building programs and certifications. Financial education workshops were provided to 283 clients and 179 clients participated in financial coaching sessions. The community closet provided clothing and household goods to 2,333 clients and their families. Additionally, 89,601 disposable diapers were distributed to 324 families in partnership with the diaper bank.

social enterprise initiavtive. Deaf interpretive services provided 25,512 sign language interpretive hours to 1,227 deaf individuals. Food service enterprise provided 225,845 home delivered meals to 1,026 clients and 93,553 congregate meals to 2,519 clients. Fresh connections provided fresh produce to 817 clients.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I feel doubly blessed! Not only I am helping a needy community, I am helping a dedicated staff of thoughtful, intelligent and caring people.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I started volunteering at FSW a few years ago I was very excited to be able to help others. Now I have realized what a life changing experience this has been for my students. When you are able to instill knowledge and new skills and help someone lift themselves up out of their current situation in a BETTER one that is wonderful. I have seen many doors of opportunity open for my students with their new found language skills. Their self confidence is up they feel good about themselves and everything they have accomplished because of this program. I have personally overseen the improvement of quality of life for my students and their social life in society has changed since they have the skills to interreact with others in English.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having served on the board for six years I have been impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the staff and volunteers. The agency is financially well managed which from my own career indicated an organization that respected the funders and donors.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I was a literacy volunteer with FSW, too bad they are no longer connected with the tutor program, however my time there was beneficial. it would be great to see such an organization find a way to continue to help the community in this area once again.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

FSW provides services to the community in all areas of possible need. Services for families with children, programs for children and many personal improvement programs. I am always pleased to find out some area that FSW is lending a hand or working with other agencies to bridge any gaps.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The concept is almost too simple: get the food that's about to be thrown out to the people who don't have enough to eat. When I first signed up I was nervous about going in the back door of restaurants and grocery stores, and even more nervous to walk into shelters. But the employees were so happy to share their food with me and those at the shelters were so grateful to take it that I soon became confident in my role. The web site is great. You just scroll through, decide which routes fit into your schedule, and sign up for them. At first I tried out a whole bunch of routes around town, then I found my favorite routes and adopted them, which meant that I was automatically signed up to take them each week. Sometimes when you volunteer you aren't sure whether you actually contributed. But when you physically hand food to someone who needs it, you can be sure your work had meaning. The only reason I stopped volunteering here is that I moved out of the state.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

FSW is a wonderful organization. The holistic focus on helping clients to change the trajectories of their lives is very effective, and the staff is first-rate and highly committed. I realize feedback like this coming from a board member may be viewed as biased, but I'd encourage anyone with interest to reach out to FSW and learn more. I am proud to be associated with such a fine organization with such an important mission.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Of the many organizations I've volunteered with over the years, FSW (Family Services of Whitfield) is the most effective in providing much needed services to our local communities. They offer an impressive list of programs that are designed to provide their clients with the tools they need to improve their lives. The dedicated staff at FSW works as a team to ensure their clients receive comprehensive guidance and support on a daily basis.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FSW's staff and is extremely dedicated to creating a welcoming and nurturing environment for people in need.

Review from Guidestar

carleen

Board Member

Rating: 4

FSW serves as a one-stop lifeline to clients with many needs and it achieves meaningful, lasting, positive change in people's lives. Its mission is to help individuals and familes become self-sufficient. The services include literacy, behavioral health, family assests, youth and deaf services.

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

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